This is the catalogue produced in conjunction with the Enso: The Timeless Circle exhibition held at the Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery in 2008/2009. Enso are the circles used in East Asian Buddhism... More > to visually express Zen teachings on paper with a brush and ink. The Zen circle can represent many things—enlightenment, the universe, perfection, infinity, emptiness, the mind, the moon, enlightenment, and even a tea bowl or a sweet cake. Sixty-two enso are reproduced in color, both the image itself and the full-length of the scroll, with translations and commentary by Prof. John Stevens. The enso paintings date from the 13th century—the oldest enso painting known—to the present, with examples produced in Japan and in the West.< Less
The experience of enlightenment can never be described in words; it is most effectively conveyed through art. Kukai, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Japan, taught:
The Truth transcends forms but... More > without relying on forms it cannot be realized. With a single glance at an icon it is possible to become Buddha.
In this exhibition, we have many wonderful examples of enlightened art to enthrall, inspire, instruct, and encourage us.< Less
The exhibition catalog to the 2013 exhibition of Japanese erotic art at Robyn Buntin of Honolulu. The exhibition focus is on original Japanese shunga paintings featuring Loving Couples as well as... More > notable erotic art from the John Stevens collection. The exhibition was curated by Professor Emeritus John Stevens. Artworks range from the 18th century (Edo period), Taisho era paintings, and Showa Period works of art.< Less